A few Sundays ago, a reader left this comment on the blog:
[…] I love to pretend I’m stylish, and believe it when I say to my children that it *does* matter what you wear to church….but it is so hard for me to find skirt/shirt combos that aren’t total frump!
I know what you are talking about. Skirt/shirt combos can be pretty blah on their own. In fact, any outfit can be kind of blah on it’s own. This is where accessories come into play. One of my personal dressing rules is that I refuse to leave the house without at least one accessory. It can be a pair of fun earrings, a necklace, a scarf, a pin, heck, I even consider a cardigan or blazer as an accessory! Now I’d like to say this was an original rule, but it’s not. I stole it from Anne.
I just finished the October Dress Project and the point of the project is to try to vary your wardrobe using only items that you currently own. To me, this means accessories. Looking at my pictures, I tend to grab a scarf or necklace to spice up an outfit. Like this one:
Without the layers and layers of beads and sparkle, this dress/ turtleneck combo would be pretty boring. Of course, fun sunglasses helps too!
I love accessories because they are inexpensive (usually) and you get a lot of wear out of them. You can pick up a light scarf at the store for around $12 and use it as a scarf, belt, turban, nursing cover or even bracelet… albeit a chunky bracelet. Statement necklaces are fun because they are so big that they draw the eye up to your neck and face rather than anywhere else on your body. Long necklaces have the ability to make you look longer (taller) than you are.
Here are some accessories at work:
Before: Snooze Fest!
Here we have one grey dress, worn two ways:
Accessories: Scarf, Jacket
Accessories: Long necklace, Brooch
So there you have it. My deep dark styling secret. I hope this inspires you to raid the accessory section at your local secondhand store!
I seriously take the worst iPhone photos. Can anyone help? Short of me getting the DSLR out?